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  • Little boy was caught up in the heavy bombing from the Syrian Air Force 
  • He lost his legs in the attack, which killed his mother and injured his two siblings 
  • The child's father can be seen holding his arms up and shouting 'Allahu Akbar' 
  • Boy, who is a refugee from near Hama city, was screaming for his father 

By Anthony Joseph for MailOnline

Published: 13:49 EST, 16 February 2017 | Updated: 03:48 EST, 17 February 2017

This is the horrifying moment a child is taken to safety by his father after his legs were blown off at the knees in a barrel bomb strike in Syria.

The little boy, named locally as Abdulbasit Taan Al-Satouf, eight, was caught up in the heavy bombing from the Syrian Air Force in Habeet, Idlib. 

He had lost his legs in the attack, which killed his mother and injured his two siblings. The boy was placed down on the ground by his father, at the side of a truck.

The father can be seen holding his arms up and shouting 'Allahu Akbar', which means 'God is great'.

Abdulbasit, clearly in extreme shock and pain, can be heard screaming 'pick me up daddy, pick me up.'

The father can be seen holding his arms up and shouting 'Allahu Akbar', which means 'God is great' The father can be seen holding his arms up and shouting 'Allahu Akbar', which means 'God is great'

This is the horrifying moment a child is taken to safety by his father after his legs were blown off at the knees in a barrel bomb strike in Syria

The little boy, who is a refugee from Allatamneh, near Hama city, was taken to hospital and is said to be in serious condition.

His mother and sister died and his other sister is said to be in a very serious situation in hospital.

Meanwhile, Turkish bombardment of an ISIS group-held town in Syria has killed 34 civilians in one day, a monitor said Thursday, but Turkey's army said only 'terrorists' died in the operation.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead in air strikes and shelling on the town of Al-Bab had killed 24 civilians - including 11 children - by Thursday morning.

Renewed bombardment later in the day killed another ten civilians, among them six children, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

Turkey's army, quoted by the state-run Anadolu news agency said it had killed 15 'terrorists' in air strikes, artillery fire and clashes.

Al-Bab is IS's final stronghold in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo and has come under fierce attack in recent months by Turkish forces and allied Syrian rebels, fighting under the 'Euphrates Shield' banner.

The little boy was caught up in the heavy bombing from the Syrian Air Force in Habeet, Idlib The little boy was caught up in the heavy bombing from the Syrian Air Force in Habeet, Idlib

The little boy was caught up in the heavy bombing from the Syrian Air Force in Habeet, Idlib

The joint force entered Al-Bab over the weekend, and Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Tuesday that the town had 'largely been taken under control.'

The Observatory however said Turkish forces had made little progress since entering the town from the west.

Abu Jaafar, a field commander in one of the Euphrates Shield brigades, described a fierce IS defence of Al-Bab.

'We tried a new tactic and were able to advance in Al-Bab at 1:00 am (Thursday)' seizing several key grain silos in the city's west, he told AFP.

'But unfortunately, as we were storming the city, we were surprised by an ambush set for us by Daesh,' Abu Jaafar said, using the Arabic acronym for IS.

The little boy, who is a refugee from Allatamneh, near Hama city, was taken to hospital and is said to be in serious condition The little boy, who is a refugee from Allatamneh, near Hama city, was taken to hospital and is said to be in serious condition

The little boy, who is a refugee from Allatamneh, near Hama city, was taken to hospital and is said to be in serious condition

He said that several of his fighters were wounded when they were attacked by at least one suicide attacker and their equipment sustained serious damage.

Abu Jaafar said his forces were regrouping for a fresh attack, and that air strikes by Turkish warplanes and the US-backed coalition were ongoing.

On the eastern side of the town, fighters were seen from the Mustafa Regiment, part of Euphrates Shield, attacking Al-Bab from a large olive grove on Thursday.

Perched atop white pickup trucks, they strafed the town with machine gun fire before entering a few bombed-out buildings.

Turkey began military operations in Syria in August, targeting both IS and Kurdish fighters.

Initially its forces advanced quickly, but they stalled around Al-Bab in December.

The town is also a key target for Syrian government forces, who had been advancing towards from the south.

But they have yet to enter Al-Bab, instead focused on clearing IS-held territory in the surrounding countryside in recent days.

More than 310,000 people have been killed in Syria since the conflict began in March 2011 with anti-government protests.

The war has displaced over half the country's population and drawn in jihadists and international militaries.   


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